In a recent episode of Act Out! host Eleanor Goldfield looked at how massive protests in Germany and elsewhere in the European Union are turning the tide against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive trade deal similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP).
With an estimated 250,000 people in attendance, the Berlin rally to stop the TTIP agreement was next level. Shot from the top of the famous Victory Column in Tiergarten, the below video shows the mass of protesters stretching all the way back to the Brandenburg Gate and beyond. The event kicked off at the Hauptbahnhof station, with Tango dancers dancing in protest against the TTIP.
More than two hours after the event had started, throngs of marchers were still pouring into Tiergarten.
Impressive as the event was and as pretty as the pictures are — what is it really all about?
Before we get started, it would be useful to remember that the founding “parents” of the “conservative revolution” or “neo-liberalism” as it is known in Europe, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, both died of Alzheimer´s disease … This might not be the cause of the ongoing disaster, but it sure is a nifty metaphor for the situation we are in.
Regular readers know that one of my favorite hobby horses is criticizing the blockheadedness of post Cold War politicians who seem to have totally lost their fear of popular wrath.
Those who are cheerfully going about the work of dismantling the welfare state seem blissfully unaware that the welfare state was created by men as, or even more conservative then themselves (Bismark, for example), in order to avoid revolutionary social movements which would destabilize and jeopardize the entire economic system and society itself. This was a strategy that was so eminently successful that it practically has destroyed revolutionary praxis.